The Cast Lanyard Experiment: Part 6 – Pluto Face
Today we wrap up the cast lanyard experiment with the fifth and final completed pin trade. I give you mouse’ best friend…
DLR – 2012 Hidden Mickey Completer – Character Faces Collection – Pluto (PWP)
This is a fairly recent pin from the Disneyland Resort Hidden Mickey series, a completer pin from the 2012 Character Faces collection. Completer pins are only available for purchase at Disney stores when you spend a certain amount of money, so I was pretty surprised to see one pulled off of a cast lanyard…and suspicious 🙂 Let’s take a look!
Nice and shiny! That was my first thought when taking a look at this one. legitimate Disney pins really pop off the metal when you rotate them in the light. The quality just stand out. The image is well-defined, with sharp lines and no blurring.
Edges are nice and smooth all the way around, and even though this chaser pin is slightly smaller that standard Disney pins it has a really nice, solid weight to it. Pin backing is firm and secure and the stamp is clear and matches up perfectly to the online description.
100% legit! A nice addition to the pin board as well.
Real – 3
So there you have it, a mixed-bag to be certain. While I certainly don’t agree with guests taking advantage of the “no pin refused” rules associated with trading with a cast member, I can’t say that I really blame them for doing so. Collecting Disney pins is definitely not the cheapest endeavor and the temptation to purchase “100% tradeable” pins for pennies on the dollar can definitely be justifiable in the minds of many, especially when considering all the other costs that go into a Disney trip, why not save a buck or two?
That being said, it certainly does tend to mute a potential enjoyable experience trading in the Disney parks. Law of averages, when you are dealing with large groups of people, there are going to be a certain percentage that won’t follow the guidelines of pin-trading. When you consider the massive crowds that visit the parks each year, this percentage grows substantially as well. Fake pins on lanyards are a result of the law of averages.
But don’t let it get you down. By exercising a little bit of judgement and educating yourself to scrapper identification, you can go into a trade with confidence, and take part in what is meant to be a great interactive experience between guest and cast member.
Posted on August 11, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Cast member, Disney, Disney pin trading, Disneyland Resort, hidden mickey, Lanyard, Pin trading, pluto, scrapper. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.